How common is home invasion?

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It’s extremely difficult to gauge how common home invasion is.

For one thing, “home invasion” is even difficult to define.

Much to our surprise, the following entry from the 2003 FBI crime statistics suggests that the rate of “aggravated robbery” was on the decline almost a decade ago” “According to statistics from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), 422,921 incidents of robbery occurred in 2001. This number was significantly lower than a decade earlier. The FBI estimated that between 1992 and 2001, the number of robberies in the United States dropped by 37.1 percent. According to the 2001 statistics, robbery accounted for 29.4 percent of violent crimes in the United States, costing victims a total of $532 million. The average loss per victim during that year was $1258.”

The 2009 report noted continuing declines:

• In 2009, the estimated number of violent crime offenses was 1,318,398, a
decrease of 5.3 percent over the 2008 estimate.
• All violent crime offense estimates decreased in 2009 when compared with the
2008 estimates. Robberies decreased 8.0 percent; murders decreased
7.3 percent; aggravated assaults decreased 4.2 percent; and forcible rapes
decreased 2.6 percent.
• The 2009 violent crime rate was 429.4 per 100,000 inhabitants, a decrease of
6.1 percent when compared with the 2008 violent crime rate.
• When compared with 2008 rates, violent crime rates in 2009 declined in all
offense categories.
• In 2009, the murder rate was 5.0 per 100,000 inhabitants, an 8.1 percent
decrease when compared with the rate for 2008.
• The estimated number of property crimes in 2009 was 9,320,971, a 4.6 percent
decrease from the 2008 estimate. The 2009 property crime rate, 3,036.1, was
down 5.5 percent when compared with the 2008 figure.
• The estimated number of motor vehicle thefts decreased 17.1 percent and larcenytheft
and burglary decreased 4.0 percent and 1.3 percent, respectively.

On the other hand, Home Invasion News can report that as of this date — May 11, 2011 — in one 24-hour period, Google News sent us 50 — yes, that’s fifty! — stories about home invasion all over the United States.

Headlines read like a who’s who you don’t want to know. Before we send you to the sampling, note this:

  1. Offenders are from every corner of the U.S.
  2. In too many cases, gangs of home invaders were involved.
  3. Many of the invasions occured in broad daylight.

What’s going on? We’re not sure … and that’s one of the reasons we’ve set up Home Invasion News: to separate fact from fiction, hysteria from reality.

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